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Erik St Martin
Erik St Martin has been a Web Developer, a Software Engineer and a System Architect. He is passionate about all things Go, Kubernetes, Containers, Distributed Systems and Information Security. Erik is currently a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft Azure, who is actively involved in the OSS community.
In this episode, Phil and Erik St Martin discuss the need for those who are just starting out to push through the early part of the learning curve. They also talk about the importance of networking and how to do it, including, one quite unusual approach Erik uses. He shares why he is not afraid to spend time playing with new concepts and languages. As well as why you should be prepared to push the boundaries.
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Worst Career Moment
At one stage, Erik had been burned by a couple of start-ups he had worked for. The last one had him and his team working 16 hour days, 7 days a week, for several months. When he pointed out that this was unsustainable, his boss´s response led to him leaving. In fact, things got so bad that he had planned to leave the tech industry. In the podcast, he shares why he decided to stay.
Getting a job with Disney was huge. It gave him the chance to work with some fantastic tech and on really interesting projects, for example, Disney´s Magic Bands. But, Erik is most proud of the GOTO conference he organises. In particular, the contribution it makes to the GO programming community and beyond.
The fact that 10 years from now, at least 100 new techs will have emerged is exciting. Erik also predicts that, in the future, far more people will be able to progress up the ladder without having to reluctantly go into management.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?
If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?
What career objectives are you currently focusing on?
What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?
What do you do to keep your own career energized?
What do you do in your spare time away from technology?